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Land Surveyors' Association of Washington
Professional Surveyors


City of Tacoma

invites applications for the position of: Chief Surveyor

An Equal Opportunity Employer


$42.12 - $51.21

$87,609.60 - $106,516.80
OPENING DATE: 04/28/17   
CLOSING DATE: 05/15/17 05:00 PM

Are you a highly motivated, analytical and strategic thinker, who is skilled at prioritizing competing projects? Do you have a passion for outstanding customer service? Will you bring with you a demonstrated skill set in field survey work, combined with knowledge of Local, State and Federal regulations, codes and land use actions? Are you the kind of person who enjoys working with budgets and technical review documents, preparing estimates, detailed legal documents and forecasting reports? Do you understand the importance of helping developers, building owners and occupants understand how compliance with regulations provides a safer environment for everyone in the City of Tacoma?

If you find this description appealing, the City of Tacoma wishes to invite you to apply and participate in the selection process to join our team as a Chief Surveyor with the Public Works Department.

The Principles that Guide Us:
Tacoma, the City of Destiny, has a workforce of dedicated, talented employees with unique skills and perspectives. We embrace innovation and strive for excellence and community engagement. The Principles that Guide Us, Integrity, Service, Excellence and Equity, speak to the values that we embody as City of Tacoma employees, and represent the core of our work in public service.

Position Description:
Chief Surveyors provide professional land surveying direction in the documentation, preparation, coordination, evaluation and analysis  of  land use, design and construction. They are responsible to supervise, train and evaluate the activities of Chiefs of Party, their crews and/or private surveyors, as required.

Essential Duties:
Coordinate, plan and direct the activities of survey crews involved in all types of surveys for city projects.
Coordinate surveys with contractors; check construction plans and correct as appropriate; review completed surveys to assure accuracy; attend pre-construction meetings.
Maintain horizontal and vertical control network systems.
Coordinate between field and office personnel; receive survey assignments; compile and review surveying data and information to assure efficient and timely completion of projects.
Review proposed and existing statutes, ordinances, common laws and water rights related to land surveying.
Provide technical assistance to subordinates as necessary; review field notes and computations; verify detail grade design for streets and arterial  and  permit  projects;  instruct  and  advise  crews  concerning difficult projects; verify vertical and horizontal control, right of way and property boundary lines.
Determine and prepare cost estimates for survey and construction projects; prepare estimates for other departments as requested; forecast long range survey costs.
Communicate with various departments, contractors, outside organizations and agencies and the general public to coordinate work and to provide and receive information and services related to survey work activities.
Supervise, train and evaluate personnel; recommend promotions; assign and review the work of assigned subordinates.
Assist in the preparation of the budget and technical education programs.
Draft legal descriptions for easements, deeds, permits, agreements, and court documents.
Coordinate the collection, plotting, and verification of horizontal and vertical movement of dams as required by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
Maintain a variety of files, records and reports related to personnel and survey work activities.
Perform related incidental duties as assigned.

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions:

Position may be required to navigate and cover considerable distances with steep and uneven terrain.
Work includes indoor and outdoor environment; subject to driving from site to site.

City of Tacoma Recruitment Information:
One of the primary goals of the City of Tacoma Equity and Empowerment Initiative is that the City of Tacoma workforce reflects the community it serves. We actively work to eliminate racial and other disparities and we welcome candidates with diverse and/or multicultural skill sets and personal experiences. Our goal is for Tacoma to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work, and play.

QUALIFICATIONS:  Graduation  from  high  school  or  the  equivalent,  or  vocational  school, preferably supplemented by engineering-related college-level courses
five years' increasingly responsible experience in field survey work including two years in a supervisory capacity directing the operation of more than one survey crew.


Valid Washington State driver's license at time of appointment and maintenance thereafter.
Current Washington State Professional Land Surveyor's license at time of appointment and maintenance thereafter.

City Surveying Practices:

Applicable laws, codes, regulations, policies and procedures related to surveying
State and local requirements in making various types of surveys Information sources concerning previous land surveys
Principles, practices, methods and techniques of civil engineering Operation of a personal computer and related software

Record-keeping techniques
Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy Health and safety regulations
Principles and practices of supervision and training Applicable laws, codes, regulations, policies and procedures Technical aspects of field of specialty
Basic research methods
City organization, operations, policies and objectives Direct the activities of survey crew members Develop effective training programs
Oversee, train and evaluate the work of others Assign and review the work of others
Prepare clear and accurate reports
Communicate effectively both orally and in writing
Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action Operate motor vehicles
Meet schedules and time lines
Work independently with little direction Plan and organize work



Our City:
With a population over 200,000, Tacoma is the second largest city in the Puget Sound region, gracing the shores of Commencement Bay. We are a diverse, progressive, international city that serves as a gateway to the Pacific Rim and the rest of the world. Named one of the most livable areas in the country by, Tacoma and the surrounding area is a playground for outdoor and maritime enthusiasts. Our businesses are vibrant, our parks are beautiful, our schools are exceptional and our housing is affordable.

When you work for the City of Tacoma you'll enjoy a healthy  work/life balance, the potential for flexible schedules with some job classifications, continuing education programs, leadership pathways,  wellness  incentives and a total rewards benefits program. We welcome you to take a look at our website and discover how the City of Tacoma can make your next career move part of our combined destiny:

The City of Tacoma believes that each employee makes a significant contribution to our success. This job description is designed  to  outline primary duties, qualifications and job scope. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

Interested individuals must apply online and meet the minimum qualifications to progress in the selection process, and attach a detailed resume and cover letter that includes major responsibilities and accomplishments related to this position.

Candidates who are eligible for Veteran's Preference scoring criteria must attach a copy of their DDForm 214 member copy 4, (proof of military discharge form) at time of application, to be eligible for review for Veteran's Preference, with redacted birth date and social security numbers.

This is a competitive selection process. Your application will be reviewed and evaluated on the basis of education, certifications, professional licenses and related experience.

Applicants  who  meet  the  minimum  qualifications  will  have  Supplemental

Questions #12-16 evaluated and scored by subject matter experts as the Experience and Training Test for this recruitment. The Supplemental Questionnaire responses will be evaluated on the basis of information provided; the evaluation committee will not have access to the application form or any attachments provided by the candidate. It is the responsibility of the applicant to give accurate and honest responses. Providing false information will result in disqualification. Per Tacoma Municipal Code 1.24, applicants much achieve a minimum passing score of 70% on the Experience and Training Test in order to be placed on the Eligible List for hiring consideration for this position.

The City of Tacoma is a  Drug Free Workplace per Personnel Rule
#170; appointment is subject to passing a background check and a pre- employment medical exam and drug screen. This position is covered by a Labor Agreement between the City of Tacoma and Local 17. An employee in this position will be required to join the union within 30 days of hire. New employees must successfully complete a nine-month  probationary  period prior to obtaining permanent status in this classification.

Communication from the City of Tacoma:
We primarily communicate via email during the application process. Emails from and/or must be placed on your safe domain list to ensure that you receive notifications in a timely manner. As a precaution, you may also want to check your junk email folders.

The online application system requires you to enter a substantial amount of information. Be prepared to spend at least an hour entering information. In order for your application materials to be considered, all information must be submitted by the closing date and time listed on this job announcement.

For assistance with the NEOGOV  application  process,  questions  regarding this job announcement, or if you are experiencing complications while applying, please contact the Human Resources office at (253) 591.5400 by 4:00 pm of the closing date of the job announcement. This will allow us to assist you before the job announcement closes.

Human Resources Department 747 Market Street
Tacoma, WA 98402-3764

An Equal Opportunity Employer


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